Principal’s Newsletter – Week of February 4, 2019

From the Principals Desk


A Message from the Principal

Helpful Tips for High School Success

I recently came across an article on ways high school parents can remain involved in their child’s high school experience; all while providing them the necessary space to grow and develop independence and self-advocacy. We all know that high school is a time when parent involvement is critical. But, we also know it’s a time when most teens want little to no parental involvement at all.

The article from The Public School Parent Network (2017) listed some hints on how to help teens get the most out of high school ultimately leading to high school success.

  • Keep tabs on school attendance.
  • Check reports and teacher on-line grade-books.
  • Contact the school at the on-set of any potential problems.
  • Do not encourage teens to skip school for special trips or activities not related to school.
  • Make sure your teen gets plenty of sleep. Recent studies show that teenagers need nine or more hours of sleep nightly and that students earning As and Bs generally are getting to bed earlier than students with lower grades.
  • Don’t accept the “I’m never gonna use this after high school” excuse for not working hard in a particular class.
  • If you have a senior, beware of “senior slump.” Recent reports indicate that students may consider the last year of high school a waste of time. However, students who waste their senior year are often unprepared for college-level work even if they took challenging courses during their earlier high school years.

In closing, even if your high school teen may never say it, “They want you to stay interested and connected in their high school experiences.”  Yes, studies do show that parent involvement diminishes dramatically as students move from elementary school into middle and high schools. It does not mean as time moves on, we cannot change those studies and become more involved. And, given the complexities of today’s high schools, this is a time when they need parental support and involvement.

Ram Family, thank you for always keeping your teen in 1st Place. Because, they truly do matter! This has been Dr. Hollemon, Principal of THE AMAZING Lafayette High School. We look forward to seeing you at RamNation real soon.

With Ram appreciation,

Principal Hollemon

Academic Success

National School Counseling Week, February  48, 2019

Throughout the week, we will be highlighting the tremendous impact our counselors have in helping students achieve school success, plan for a career and thrive beyond the walls and halls of Lafayette High School.  The American School Counselor Association (ASCA), has identified February 4–8, 2019, as National School Counseling Week and we look forward to showing our counselors how important they are to our school community.

Join us as we honor and celebrate our counselors: Mrs. Jennifer Banks, Mrs. Suzanne Hart, Mr. Quincy Marrow and Mr. Patrick Moore. Thank you for all that you do and implementing a comprehensive school counseling program so that students meet with success, the challenges of the 21st century.

Counseling Corner

Students can pick up a drop/add form in the counseling office before/after school or during their lunch time. The last day to add/drop a 2nd semester course is Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Here are additional updates/highlights from LHS School Counseling Office:
  • New Horizons Career and Technical Education Center will be at LHS on February 6th to talk to all current 10th and 11th graders about program opportunities and how to apply online. They will be hosting an Open House on February 7th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at both their Woodside Lane and Butler Farm campuses. Please check out their website for additional information:
  • The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) was founded in 1985 and has provided career and technical education services to Virginia Peninsula high school students for over 40 years.  Please check out the their website for additional information:  Career & Technical Education

The WJCC High School Course Planning Night & Curriculum Fair

Click here for information on WJCC course planning and curriculum fair nights.

  • The WJCC High School Course Planning Night & Curriculum Fair will be held on Thursday, February 7th at the Williamsburg Community Chapel. The Curriculum Fair will be 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There will be a rising 9th grade program at 5:30 pm and a rising 10th-12th  grade program at 6:30 pm.

Elective, AP and Innovation Course Expo

LHS Course Expo Tuesday, February 12th from 6-7 PM

  • LHS will be hosting an Elective, AP and Innovation Course Expo for students and families to attend. The expo will be on Tuesday, February 12th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to come see and hear what LHS offers before you make your final course selections for the 2019-2020 school year! Lafayette teachers, students and staff will be on hand to answer questions and share course highlights

School Success Tips

February 2019 Attendance Incentive:

Regular attendance has a positive impact on a student’s overall educational experience. Consistent and punctual attendance is critical to a student’s ability to learn and retain information. Missing days and even minutes leads to missed instruction and will have an impact on the knowledge and understanding of a student. It is the expectation that each student comes to school on time and attends class. It is the goal of Lafayette High School to have at least 95% of our student body present on a daily basis.

 Attention 1st block classes: The attendance challenge for the month of February is if your 1st block class has 100% attendance for the entire month of February (NO tardies and NO absences), then your class qualifies for free bowling on Friday, March 15th, 2019. Let’s GO RAMS!


Important Dates to Remember SY 2018-2019



Tuesday, February 5 Class Ring/Graduation Regalia Orders  (during all 3 lunches)
Wednesday, February 6 Class Ring/Graduation Regalia Orders (during all 3 lunches)
Tuesday, February 12 LHS Electives, AP, Innovations Expo    6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. (Auxiliary Gym)
Wednesday, February 13 MAKE-UP Class Ring/Graduation Regalia Orders (during all 3 lunches)
Saturday, February 16  Valentine’s Day Dance                            7:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M.
 Monday, February 18 President’s Day–WJCC Closed

Employee of the Month

Ms. Gower-Kinney

Ms. Gower-Kinney

School Improvement Specialist

Congratulations to our School Improvement Specialist, Rachel Gower-Kinney, for being named our Employee of the Month! Thank you Ms. Gower-Kinney for all your hard work and dedication!

Seniors of the Month

Ben McGee & Christine Strong

Ben McGee & Christine Strong

Congratulations to Ben McGee and Christine Strong for being selected Seniors of the Month for February 2019. Christine and Ben were nominated by staff members as two students that are respectful, encouraging and focused. The dedication and compassion you show every day to the Lafayette community is amazing.

Kudos Announcements

Assistant Principal’s Corner

New Semester, New Beginning

The #1 thing to help stay focused and motivated is organization. Investing in a planner is the most important thing you can do. Get a planner where you can write out homework assignments, test dates, social events etc. It’s important to write down everything so that you’ll know exactly what has to be done. Physically writing things down helps you to remember them better as well. Utilizing your phone’s calendar is good for when you have upcoming appointments or events that you don’t want to miss. You can customize it to where your phone will alert you a day or a couple of hours before the event.

Social media is a BIG distraction especially during school. Everyone wants to feel connected but staying on all the social media sites can distract you from getting your work done and you waste valuable time when you need to be focusing. It can be difficult to stay off of social media but using it less, at least during the weekday, will be beneficial and help you stay focused.

Remember why you’re in school in the first place. Maybe you want to become a doctor, lawyer, teacher or any other profession. Regardless of what it is, it is important to remember that being in school is one of the first steps to getting where you want to be.  Get involved in an activity.  The classes you take are meant to make you a more well-rounded person and if you constantly motivate yourself and remind yourself of your personal end goal of school, you’ll become more focused for each semester.  Let’s finish the year strong, and strive to   Be Great On Purpose!

Next Newsletter: February 18, 2019


Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Cummings and the LHS Scholastic’s Bowl TEAM. The team brought home a 3rd place Class 4A Regional Tournament WIN during the Bay Rivers District and Region I competition. Great Job to our RAMS! @lafayetterams

From the Clinic

The flu is making the rounds at LHS

Some common symptoms include fever, cough, and body aches. Most people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. The nurse recommends that you stay home from school if you have a fever of over 100 degrees, and return 24 hours after being fever free.
The best way to prevent transmission of the flu is by: getting a flu shot, frequent hand washing and staying home if you are ill.

La gripe está haciendo rondas en LHS

Algunos síntomas comunes incluyen fiebre, tos y dolores en el cuerpo. La mayoría de las personas pueden infectar a otras personas desde 1 día antes de que aparezcan los síntomas y hasta 5 a 7 días después de enfermarse. La enfermera le recomienda que se quede en su casa y no vaya a la escuela si tiene fiebre de más de 100 grados, y regresa 24 horas después de estar libre de fiebre. La mejor forma de prevenir la transmisión de la gripe es: vacunarse contra la gripe, lavarse las manos frecuentemente y quedarse en casa si está enfermo.

Here is some additional information to help fight the flu:×388.gif

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